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Double Time

Double Time

How I Survived---and Mostly Thrived---Through the First Three Years of Mothering Twins

Jane Roper

St. Martin's Griffin



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Becoming a mother is rarely what you expect.

Jane Roper never expected she'd have twins—or that they'd be such a spirited twosome. She didn't expect that finding the right balance of work and home would be so tricky. And she certainly didn't expect she'd grapple with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder during her daughters' toddler years. But she also didn't anticipate just how much joy, laughter and self-discovery motherhood would bring.

Full of warmth, honesty, occasional advice, and a generous helping of humor, Double Time is a smart and engaging account of the first three years with multiples and a refreshingly candid and vulnerable look at clinical depression. It's a memoir that will resonate countless women—especially those parenting in double time.



It got suddenly very quiet in the exam room.
I was just over six weeks pregnant, at the fertility clinic for a follow-up ultrasound to make sure my pregnancy was on the right track: not ectopic, not...


Praise for Double Time

“Raising twins is maddening and masochistic yet worth every crazy moment. Jane Roper captures them all in her revealing, heart wrenching, hilarious memoir. As a mother of twins myself, I cackled and related on every page as Jane revealed the unvarnished truth about dealing with twins, depression and trying to ‘have it all.'” —Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, author of Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay: And Other Things I Had to Learn as a New Mom

“At once immeasurably funny and deeply comforting; if you are expecting or have young twins, this is a must-read.” —Elizabeth Lyons, author of You Cannot Be Serious: and 32 Other Rules that Sustain a (Mostly) Balanced Mom and Ready or Not Here We Come!: The Real Experts' Guide to the First Year With Twins

“It's like sharing a bottle of wine with a friend.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“With humor and frankness, the author opens a private door into her life as a new mother of fraternal girls . . . A straightforward, honest look at how raising a child is difficult, but raising twins can be exponentially more demanding.” —Kirkus

“Her honest and funny take on an often frantic life with twins make the slog of raising babies amusing and memorable. Roper ultimately succeeds in making the story of a new mom feel fresh and engaging.” —Publisher's Weekly

“With candor to spare, Jane Roper shares her twin-parenting tale with commitment, compassion and a generous dose of comedy. Whether you are expecting twins, parenting twins, dealing with depression, or simply want a great read from a great writer, read Double Time!” —Cheryl Lage, author of Twinspiration-Real Life Advice from Pregnancy through the First Year

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Read the Kirkus Review of DOUBLE TIME How I Survived--and Mostly Thrived--Through the First Three Years of Mothering Twins. A new mother chronicles her adventures raising twins. - Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

Jane Roper

JANE ROPER writes the popular Baby Squared blog on and is the author of Eden Lake, a novel. Her writing has appeared in Poets & Writers, Salon, Slate, and The Rumpus, among other publications, and she holds an MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop. Jane lives in the Boston area with her husband, singer-songwriter Alastair Moock, and their twin daughters.

Jane Roper

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